Arrests in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
Six people have been arrested by Metropolitan police detectives investigating phone hacking.
Five men and one woman were arrested on Tuesday morning at addresses in London, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire by officers from Operation Weeting.
All six were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The Met police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested at home in Oxfordshire; a 39-year-old man was held in Hampshire; a 46-year-old man was arrested in west London; a 49-year-old man was arrested in Oxfordshire; a 39-year-old man was arrested in Hampshire; a 38-year-old man was arrested in Hertfordshire, and a 48-year-old man was arrested at a business address in East London.
All six were arrested between 5am and 7am on Tuesday and are being interviewed at police stations.
Scotland Yard said in a statement: "A number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched.
"Today's operation follows consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service."
The arrests form the biggest single swoop yet by the Met police in its ongoing investigation into alleged voicemail interception. So far 23 people have been held under Operation Weeting, with two people released without charge.